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Lindsey Perret

Lindsey PerretAs a Spanish major and Presidential Scholar, I had the unique experience of studying abroad for two semesters and an interim, visiting eight Latin American countries over the course of my four years at Wofford. In addition to my Spanish major, I completed the Latin American Studies program and Gender Studies programs. My studies on campus and internationally, as well as the opportunities provided by the Bonner Scholarship, allowed me to learn from a multitude of people who often live socially and economically on the margins of society. I learned that my life’s passion and work is to reduce structural inequality and systemic oppression.
 
Now, I work as a population health specialist at the South Carolina Hospital Association. I primarily support two projects: the Alliance for a Healthier SC and AccessHealth South Carolina. The Alliance for a Healthier SC is a coalition of more than 50 executive leaders from diverse organizations across the state working together to ensure that all people in South Carolina have the opportunities to have healthier bodies, minds, and communities while reducing the future cost of care. Through the Alliance, I have been able to work with prominent leaders like Anton Gunn, former head of the Office of External Affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services and Barry Cross, a senior executive at Michelin. AccessHealth SC, whose Spartanburg network I was exposed to while at Wofford, is a statewide effort to support communities in creating and sustaining coordinated data-driven provider networks of care that provide medical homes and ensure timely, affordable, and high-quality healthcare services for low-income uninsured people in South Carolina.
 
Working on the aforementioned projects at the Hospital Association has allowed me to contribute to “big picture” solutions to many of the ground level problems that I learned about while working in the Spartanburg community at Wofford. I have learned that population health is about more than just hospitals and clinics—it’s also about language, transportation, economics, education, and even someone’s zip code. It has also built on my Wofford education in terms of equity—health equity, in particular, is not about giving everyone the same amount of resources, but providing different types and levels of support to enable individuals and communities to achieve their potential for optimal health.
 
Without the support and opportunities at Wofford, I would not have been equipped to understand the extent of America’s health crisis. Wofford provided me with the tools to successfully implement programs that are changing South Carolina for the better.